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March 2017

Calamity + The Owl, Sarah Morris & Lena Elizabeth $7 (Indie Roots/Folk)

Friday, March 24 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Calamity + The Owl

https://www.facebook.com/calamityandtheowl/ Sincere songwriting and powerful vocal harmonies define the alt-country/psychedelia sound of Minneapolis-based Calamity and The Owl. Pick up our first full length album, Of Wicked Splendor, at any of our shows now! - https://sarahmorris.bandcamp.com Singer-songwriter Sarah Morris has a way of captivating her audiences with songs about the highs and lows of love. With a voice both cozy and commanding, Sarah allows us to feel every note. Her lyrics resonate with both unflinching honesty and heartfelt tenderness. She brings…

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New Primitives (World Pop/Reggae) $5

Saturday, March 25 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exAHhcCVZWE http://www.newprimitives.com Turn up the heat mid-winter with New Primitives, a Minneapolis-based, world pop band, explores blended styles heavily influenced by Reggae, R & B, and Afro-Caribbean music. New Primitives features two Mid-western Rock and Country Hall of Fame members, Stanley Kipper and Chico Perez, friends since early childhood. They have won multiple music awards including four MN Music Academy Awards for "Best Performance" and "Best Reggae/World Band." The New Primitive sound is also composed of ska, rock, Afro-Cuban, Caribbean…

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, March 26 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://pattyandthebuttons.bandcamp.com Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional…

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Parisota Hot Club (Gypsy Jazz) $5

Sunday, March 26 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQXOjUceznU http://www.parisota.com Specializing in the Gypsy jazz popularized by Django Reinhardt, Parisota Hot Club features founding member, bandleader and guitarist Robb Henry. The group has evolved from the original quartet of 2002-2004 to a current collective of some of the finest Hot Club musicians in the Twin Cities area.

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, March 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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MN Songwriter Showcase

To sign up for the MN Songwriter Showcase, please contact curator Nick Hensley at https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase/ Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." http://www.minnpost.com/arts-culture/2013/11/inside-doug-collins-pope-open-mic-village#.UpYwtACQJgw.twitter Throughout the years we have had some amazing songwriters, singers and performers join us including: Sonny Knight, Martin Zellar, Dave Pirner, Ike Rielly,…

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Nip N Tuck & The Sleepers $10 (Melodic Rock)

Thursday, March 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://garyrue.com/nip-n-tuck "Nip ‘n’ Tuck was born in 1976 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and consists of Gary Rue (guitar/vocal), Jeff Willkomm, bass/vocal), Tilly (drums/vocal). The group was heavily influenced by pop idols of the time: Todd Rundgren, The Raspberries, etc., and termed a ‘melodic rock band’ by the local press (with which the band agreed). Another in a long list of bands who were ‘this close’ then inexplicably disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle of pop history. But wait! Now they’re back! From…

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Billy Johnson (Pop Folk) $6

Friday, March 31 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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http://www.billyjohnsonmusic.com Billy Johnson is a singer/songwriter from Minneapolis. Billy was the lead singer of The Hillcats, and is the lead singer of Billy Johnson’s Roadshow. He also has an acoustic duo called B-TEAM with George McKelvey. Billy has recorded 10 CDs. He strums a Gibson guitar with soul, and has a great vocal range.

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April 2017

The April Fools (Americana) $7

Saturday, April 1 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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The April Fools 2016

http://theaprilfools.net/music The April Fools began as a studio project for singer/songwriter Brian Drake, who intended to record a batch of his songs with help from a wide network of players to flesh out the tunes. Guitar, bass, and drums would be augmented by horn players, strings, woodwinds, keyboards, vocalists, and more depending on the specific song. The songs themselves spanned a broad spectrum—rock to straight-up country to alt-country/Americana to blue-eyed soul to Brit-pop to folk to 70’s AM radio and…

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, April 2 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://pattyandthebuttons.bandcamp.com Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional…

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Brianna Lane & Curtis McMurtry (Folk Songwriters) $8

Tuesday, April 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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http://www.briannalanemusic.com "Poised, ambitious, a soul-singer of the first order, and an accomplished guitarist." - Jim Walsh (Star Tribune Minneapolis, MN) Hailing from the song-rich soil of Minneapolis, Brianna Lane is the latest in a deluge of compelling songwriters flooding the region. Lane’s vocals are both confidant and fragile, running parallels to Mindy Smith or a close confidant to Americana veteran Patty Griffin. - http://www.curtismcmurtrymusic.com Curtis McMurtry writes about villains that think they're victims. Influenced by Fiona Apple, Billy Strayhorn and…

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, April 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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MN Songwriter Showcase

To sign up for the MN Songwriter Showcase, please contact curator Nick Hensley at https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase/ Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." http://www.minnpost.com/arts-culture/2013/11/inside-doug-collins-pope-open-mic-village#.UpYwtACQJgw.twitter Throughout the years we have had some amazing songwriters, singers and performers join us including: Sonny Knight, Martin Zellar, Dave Pirner, Ike Rielly,…

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Brianna Kocka & Matthew French with Special Guests MR DR (Folk/Roots) $7

Thursday, April 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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http://www.briannakocka.com Brianna Kocka is a singer-songwriter from Minneapolis, MN. She has been part of various musical acts throughout the Twin Cities—most notably Sun Gods to Gamma Rays and CAETANI. After five years away from the acoustic guitar, and while living on an island off the east coast for ten months, she tapped into her roots and wrote her first Americana album as a form of therapy to deal with the isolation of island living. Brianna is in the studio recording,…

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The Plott Hounds with Alexandra Green (Americana Rock) $7

Friday, April 7 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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The Plott Hounds

https://www.theplotthounds.com/music Alternative Country & Blues that hearkens the tones of 70's Southern Rock with a tidge of swampy haze to keep you guessing where the songs just might travel... - https://www.reverbnation.com/alexandragreen Alexandra Green is a singer/songwriter. Her songs are full of contradictions; anguished but resilient, observational but introspective, sometimes funny, sometimes weird, sometimes foreboding or even downright terrifying, always emotional and strong. Alex enjoys telling stories most. Her collection of stories comprise a breathtakingly emotional and unique world- one populated…

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River Room: Rachael Kilgour Album Release with Sara Pajunen, Chris Koza and Liz Draper (Folk) $10

Saturday, April 8 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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RIVER ROOM SHOW - BAR SERVICE ONLY. Call 612-379-3138 to make dinner reservations in our Cafe! DOORS 6PM SHOW 7PM With special guests Sara Pajunen, Chris Koza and Liz Draper! https://www.rachaelkilgour.com Join us at the River Room to celebrate the release of local songwriter Rachael Kilgour's third album, Rabbit in the Road. The record takes an intimate and often painful look at a failed marriage and the loss of family. Kilgour’s writing and delivery cut deep, with resolute simplicity. Sorrow,…

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Kazyak & Cole Premo (Indie Folk/ Soul)

Saturday, April 8 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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http://kazyak.com Twin Cities-band Kazyak is the indie craft-vehicle of songwriter/guitarist Peter Frey. For the past half decade Kazyak has been a studio project, recording 2 EPs (1 unreleased) and 1 LP (unreleased) in NE Minneapolis, and is now actively booking shows in the Twin Cities. The current band is: Peter Frey (guitar), Andy Wolfe (guitar), Pat Hayes (synth, piano), Lana Bolin (bass), and Nick Grewe (drums). Kazyak practices experimentation and finds it’s source in a deep pool of midwestern music.…

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, April 9 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://pattyandthebuttons.bandcamp.com Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional…

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Stephen Shareaux & MO (Singer/Songwriter) $8

Monday, April 10 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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https://stephenshareaux.bandcamp.com Vocalist and solo artist with a career spanning 30 years and on the verge of debuting his solo record on Nov. 5th! As the former lead singer of Kik Tracee (RCA Records) and Revel 8, Shareaux has worked with some the best producers in the industry and is a well known vocalist within the rock genre. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAx8kXi6Dak - https://soundcloud.com/momusicusa Mo, accompanied by Chris Heille, opens the night.

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, April 12 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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MN Songwriter Showcase

To sign up for the MN Songwriter Showcase, please contact curator Nick Hensley at https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase/ Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." http://www.minnpost.com/arts-culture/2013/11/inside-doug-collins-pope-open-mic-village#.UpYwtACQJgw.twitter Throughout the years we have had some amazing songwriters, singers and performers join us including: Sonny Knight, Martin Zellar, Dave Pirner, Ike Rielly,…

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The Neighborhood Trio & Gabriel Andrews (Melodic Folk) $7

Thursday, April 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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The Neighborhood Trio

Gabriel Andrews: 8pm The Neighborhood Trio: 9pm http://www.theneighborhoodtrio.com Remember sitting in your living room as kid? The shag carpet tickling the back of your legs. You were chewing on your Marathon bar and sipping from a can of Rondo Soda while watching your favorite TV show…was it CHiPs or S.W.A.T.?… Doesn’t matter they both were great and so was the music in them. The Neighborhood Trio might just take you back to those times with their groovy 70’s theme song…

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, April 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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MN Songwriter Showcase

To sign up for the MN Songwriter Showcase, please contact curator Nick Hensley at https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase/ Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." http://www.minnpost.com/arts-culture/2013/11/inside-doug-collins-pope-open-mic-village#.UpYwtACQJgw.twitter Throughout the years we have had some amazing songwriters, singers and performers join us including: Sonny Knight, Martin Zellar, Dave Pirner, Ike Rielly,…

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The Twilight Hours Ft. John Munson & Matt Wilson (Folk Rock) $20

Thursday, April 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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twilight-hours

http://www.thetwilighthours.com/music/ 'We use the word rock loosely, as a descriptor for something that is definitely not anything but rock, but a type of rock that is thoughtful, sometimes introspective, sometimes full of rejoicing. We are grateful for the continued opportunity to rock.' Matt Wilson and John Munson have been playing music together off and on for about twenty years. They started tasted some success with their psychedelic, and flowery pop band Trip Shakespeare, which also featured Matt's brother Dan (who…

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Heatwave & Landman // Hannah von der Hoff $7

Saturday, April 22 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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heatwave

http://heatwaveandlandman.com Delta blues meets British Invasion pop meets garage rock in Heatwave & Landman, the new collaboration from Chris “Heatwave” Holm & Mark “Landman” Larson, the original rhythm section of Minneapolis stomp rockers, The 4onthefloor. With a sound that would be right at home in 1967 but sounds equally fresh today, Heatwave & Landman deliver infectious hooks, gritty riffs, and pounding rhythms supplemented by soaring multi-layered harmonies. Themes of disaffection, wanderlust, and nostalgia dominate the lyrics from men truly born…

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, April 26 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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MN Songwriter Showcase

To sign up for the MN Songwriter Showcase, please contact curator Nick Hensley at https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase/ Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." http://www.minnpost.com/arts-culture/2013/11/inside-doug-collins-pope-open-mic-village#.UpYwtACQJgw.twitter Throughout the years we have had some amazing songwriters, singers and performers join us including: Sonny Knight, Martin Zellar, Dave Pirner, Ike Rielly,…

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May 2017

MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, May 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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MN Songwriter Showcase

To sign up for the MN Songwriter Showcase, please contact curator Nick Hensley at https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase/ Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." http://www.minnpost.com/arts-culture/2013/11/inside-doug-collins-pope-open-mic-village#.UpYwtACQJgw.twitter Throughout the years we have had some amazing songwriters, singers and performers join us including: Sonny Knight, Martin Zellar, Dave Pirner, Ike Rielly,…

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, May 10 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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MN Songwriter Showcase

To sign up for the MN Songwriter Showcase, please contact curator Nick Hensley at https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase/ Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." http://www.minnpost.com/arts-culture/2013/11/inside-doug-collins-pope-open-mic-village#.UpYwtACQJgw.twitter Throughout the years we have had some amazing songwriters, singers and performers join us including: Sonny Knight, Martin Zellar, Dave Pirner, Ike Rielly,…

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The Home Fires ft. Vicky Emerson & Sarah Morris with Annie Fitzgerald (Americana/Folk) $10

Friday, May 12 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Annie Fitzgerald: 9pm The Home Fires: 10pm - http://www.thehomefiresmusic.com/ The Home Fires is an Americana duo based in Minneapolis comprised of critically acclaimed singer/songwriters, Sarah Morris and Vicky Emerson. Sarah and Vicky are established touring artists and after developing a close friendship and playing live shows together, they unearthed a gorgeous new sound featuring Sarah's clear, melodic voice and Vicky's warm, weathered harmony. - www.anniefitzgerald.com Singer-Songwriter Annie Fitzgerald has been noted for her ability to empathize with the listeners with…

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, May 17 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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MN Songwriter Showcase

To sign up for the MN Songwriter Showcase, please contact curator Nick Hensley at https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase/ Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." http://www.minnpost.com/arts-culture/2013/11/inside-doug-collins-pope-open-mic-village#.UpYwtACQJgw.twitter Throughout the years we have had some amazing songwriters, singers and performers join us including: Sonny Knight, Martin Zellar, Dave Pirner, Ike Rielly,…

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, May 31 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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MN Songwriter Showcase

To sign up for the MN Songwriter Showcase, please contact curator Nick Hensley at https://www.facebook.com/MNsongwritershowcase/ Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." http://www.minnpost.com/arts-culture/2013/11/inside-doug-collins-pope-open-mic-village#.UpYwtACQJgw.twitter Throughout the years we have had some amazing songwriters, singers and performers join us including: Sonny Knight, Martin Zellar, Dave Pirner, Ike Rielly,…

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